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12.10.2005

Another likely case of pressure on journalists

   

Oleg Sevastyanov, the Deputy Chief Editor of the newspaper “Ogni Severodonetska” ended up in hospital after a visit from a "police officer". The journalist told our correspondent. “This morning a man came to the door, introducing himself as a police officer. He was not wearing a uniform and proved not to have no proper documents. He said that he had a summons from the city police department, but did not show the summons. "After that we had a very unpleasant talk. I got excited, and my blood sugar level fell”,  Sevastyanov recounted.  He explained that he suffers from diabetes, and that the ambulance he called had taken him to hospital.

Oleg Sevastyanov believes that the “summons” to the town police department was connected with his publications about the defence of the rights of homeless children who have been raped. He claims that on the eve of the visit of the “policeman” some strangers phoned him and made threats.

“Furthermore, today the city court is going to consider my complaint against a guard of Severodonetsk enterprise “Azot”. So, I believe that all this could have been an act of provocation”,  he said.

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Parallel-Media, 28 September 2005

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